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Young worker suffered injuries from falling concrete panel

A farming company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a 17-year-old worker suffered crush injuries to his foot.

On 20 December 2017 a concrete panel was dropped during a lifting operation involving a telehandler vehicle on a farm in Owstwick, Yorkshire.

Investigating, the HSE found that the panel was being installed to repair a pig shed. A telehandler was used to lower the panel, weighing over a tonne, into place and the load fell after the tines of the telehandler were withdrawn. The panel fell onto the young worker resulting in mid foot fractures and crush injuries.

T Cook and Son (Farmers) Ltd of Kenby Farm, Owstwick, Roos, Withernsea, East Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8 (1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £4,690.00 and ordered to pay £11,905.96 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Taylor, commented: “All lifting activities should be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”

HSE May 2021


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